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Pumpkin Stew (Cooked in the Pumpkin)

This smells so wonderful while it is cooking and makes a great presentation dish. Good comfort food for cold nights and kids think it's COOL!

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  • Carve a hole in the top of the pumpkin; remove seeds and stringy inside, then set the pumpkin aside.
  • Brown the meat in a Dutch oven, then add all the cut up vegetables, salt, pepper, and water. Let simmer 1 hour.
  • Place pumpkin in shallow baking pan. Fill with the stew mixture. Brush the sides of the pumpkin with oil and cook on 350°F for 2 hours or until the pumpkin is tender. Serve.
  • Be sure to get chunks of pumpkin in your stew as you serve it--this enhances the flavor.
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  1. ohgal1
    Fabulous!!! It tastes even better than it looks. I made this for Halloween and everyone loved it. The only change I made was to use a little more beef since we're a bunch of carnivores. :)
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  2. yurkym
    i took this recipe a little further. I added curry and pumpkin pie spice to it. I also added gold raisins and dried cherries. I also added a half a sweet potatoe chopped. the smells while baking were heavenly.
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  3. Pixies Kitchen
    This was perfect for Halloween and had the whole house smelling lovely. The only think I did differently was to add 2 bay leaves and a little bit of rosemary. Thank you for posting such a fun recipe and I can't wait to make it for Halloween next year!
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  4. JAD40
    Super easy to make. You just have to remember to start early!! :-) I was running a little behind time so put the pumpkin in the oven as I started making the beef mix, and I didn't oil the outside of the pumpkin. This cut the time by 1 hour. I also forgot to put the pumpkin on a tray, so when it was cooked, it took my husband and me together to put the pumpkin on a tray without the bottom falling out!!! What fun! We ate it with buns on the side and herb salt lightly sprinkled over the top. Delic. This would be a great recipe where you can make any mince mixture you like and then put it in the pumpkin.
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  5. aldotpit
    Family loved it. Cut down the time, by putting the hollowed out pumpkin in the oven while cooking the meat mix. Used lamb mince instead of beef for no other reason than that was what I had in the freezer. Very yummy - thanks
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